"I am very happy. This is a dream come true and an incredible honor," Capriati said in a statement as reported by AFP.
"Tennis has become my passion and dedication for my whole life and is recognized for the passion and dedication is truly beautiful. I really feel proud to be part of history and honor is regarded as one the greatest player of all time."
Capriati made her professional debut in 1990 when she was only about 13 years and won her first title in Puerto Rico. In the second season, Capriati successfully penetrate the semi-finals at Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
In 1992, Capriati won the gold medal in the Barcelona Olympics by defeating Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the final. After vacuum several years, Capriati comeback in 1999.
Capriati won the Australian Open and French Open in 2001. She defended her title at the tournament held at the Rod Laver Arena was a year later.
Title of world number one Capriati obtained in October 2001 and he successfully survived for 18 weeks. However, a variety of injuries ranging familiar Capriati came two years later before deciding to quit playing in 2004.
Although Capriati achievers have been involved a number of scandals. Woman who is now 36-year-old was detained by police for shoplifting at a mall in Florida in 1993 and a year later because of possession of marijuana. She also had to undergo drug rehabilitation in 1994.